Dr. Robinson recognizes and encourages ways for anyone—everyone—to love beyond death in this well-researched, engaging, and compelling mix of personal narrative and forthright reporting on end-of-life care and mis-care. Helpful for both families and medical personnel, it is part instructive manual, part counselor, and part love story. Her book gently guides us through the sadness of departure toward opportunity and love.
Never demanding readers believe in an afterlife, Robinson instead offers personal stories of death bed visions, after death communication, near death experiences, and end of life care.
• At bedside, a wife—whose dying husband’s spirit departs his body—briefly goes with him. Having previously been unconvinced of an afterlife and somewhat in shock, she declares this single incredible event exceeds any and all of their considerable marital intimacy.
• A lucid, intelligent 98-year-old man is tragically confined to a psychiatric ward for evaluation of medicines prescribed by multiple physicians. Sent home weakened and changed, six months later his death is classified as “failure to thrive.” His story offers opportunity, hope, and love.
• Eight years after Robinson visits a friend’s death bed, her once skeptic friend visits during a dream and takes her to metaphysical night school where a powerful affirmation of love is delivered.
This is a book about traversing the pleasures and pain of end-of-life care, about possibility. Best of all, it is about love’s vital, enduring nature: a clarion call of love’s never-ending power. As a comfort or guide, this is a book that family, friends, and medical practitioners will appreciate over and over again.
Lynn teaches us through her direct experiences and observations that life and death are artificial distinctions. People we love die. We die. But we suffer less knowing that death is not the end, and that we remain connected in ways that are visible if we foster love and an open mind.
—Gilbert R Ladd IV MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist